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Exity published in the only formatp edition to present them in chronological order Table of ContentsA Woman's KingdomThree YearsThe MurderMy LifePeasantsThe New VillaIn the RavineThe Peasants and PDF or BishopBetrothed. The most famous story here is The Peasants about a Moscow waiter named Nikolai who in old age loses his health an job and thus must move with his wife back to the very small village of huts where others of his family live Village peasant life was stark harsh grim a struggle living with nearby some beautiful scenes and churches Moscow was the longed for Mecca which seems to hold glorious promise if only they could be admitted to work there The deplorable conditions of these uneducated peasants is described superbly by Chekhov These peasants lived worse than cattle and it was terrible to live with them; they were coarse filth dishonest and drunken; they did not live together in peace but continually uarreled because they did not respect but feared and suspected one another Who keeps the pothouse and makes drunkards of the people The peasant And so it continues all woes caused by the peasants One example is their feelings about death described in part as Only the rich peasants feared death; the richer they grew the less they believed in God and in the salvation of the soul The poorer peasants had no fear of death The old man and Granny were told to their faces that they had lived too long that it was time for them to die and they did not mind They had no fear of death but had an exaggerated terror of all sickness My copy of this collection has 20 stories a tale The Peasants being the best known Other stories all I've read The Confession He Understood At Sea A Sailor's Story A Nincompoop Surgery Ninochka A Cure for Drinking The Darling The Jailer Jailed The Dance Pianist the Milksop Marriage in 10 or 15 years In Spring Agafya the Kiss I'd previously read The Father In Exile The House with the Mansard An Artist's Story and the longest of these tales90 p 'Three Years' which I found a rather tedious three years of a disfunctional wealthy business family going nowhere yet the protagonists suffering unhappilyMy paperback is falling apart literally yet I've now read them all so it goes in the dust bin

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Peasants and Other Stories New York Review Books ClassicsThe ever maturing art and ever ambitious imaginative Other Stories ePUB #180 reach of Anton Chekhov one of the world's greatest masters of the short story led him in his last years to an increasingly profound explorati. Chekov is an astute observer of society and social status He beautifully illustrates the range of human behaviour in different vignettes Although each story has its central plot we encounter a number of subplot and secondary characters With all these he shows how different social groups view each other and the interaction between these groups men and women master and servant landowners and peasants The wealthy were usually portrayed as trying to contribute to society whereas the poor were unable to help themselves even if money were given to them Alcoholism features prominently There were contrasts between characters which were responsible and irresponsible faithful and unfaithful honest and fakeThere were several comparisons between urban Moscow and rural living Commonly the working class was driven out of the city with the loss of employment They return to the countryside only to find hardship The rich chose the countryside for the environment only to be driven back to the city by provincial attitudes of the localsThe stories seem a bit meaningless at first because Chekov does not provide any proper conclusions or solutions to the stories But as I persevere and read along I get a feel of his style and a better appreciation all the nuances He certainly is a master of the short story Lot of spoilers aheadview spoilerA Woman’s KingdomAnna Akimova is semi self made Starting from humble beginnings she comes into wealth not on her own merit but on the inheritance of a factory from her uncle She is however no slouch proving herself capable in running the business and managing her workers Yet she is unfulfilled and longs for a husband and children She is willing to transcend social boundaries and fancies her foreman PimenovThree YearsLaptev falls in love with Yulia the daughter of the doctor who is treating his sister Nina Although Yulia agrees to marry him she marries him out of practicality and does not reciprocate his love for many years Even the birth of a child does not bring him any closer to her Although Laptev is no manhunt winner in terms of looks he is financially comfortable and a decent respectable person He stands on contrast to his sister’s bigamist and irresponsible husband Panaurov Laptev remains faithful to Yulia deflecting the advances of Polina another love interest Credit too to Yulia for rejecting the temptation to have another lover In the end the core of the story is about how even though Yulia was obdurate about not loving Laptev her attitude towards him eventually changed over timeA MurderThis is a great tragedy and an even greater irony Cousins Matvei and Yakov live together Matvei seems like a wastrel Yakov is the responsible one Yet he is ostracised for not going to church but is actually has religion than Matvei Like all families their dispute is about money A scuffle an impulsive reaction and the whole family is destroyedMy LifeThis is an interesting one perhaps comparing proletariat versus bourgeois ideology Misail Poloznev clashes with his father over his career He chooses manual labour over work with responsibility His father labels him a wastrel but he is of an underachiever He makes the mistake of marrying the flighty Marya Viktorvna although Anyuta Blagovo was probably the suitable partner Things come full circle as he ends up back with at his father’s home as an apparent failurePeasantsThis is the most powerful story in the collection full of colourful characters There was humour irony and tragedy Nikolai Chikldyeyev and his family move back to his parents already overcrowded hut His father is understandably disgruntled The run in between the cantankerous granny and her grandchildren was hilarious I feel sympathy for Nikolai’s longsuffering sister in law Marya who takes beatings from his useless and alcoholic brother Even for the younger and attractive sister in law Fyokla who was irascible and spiteful but was tragically violated Also for Nikolai’s wife Olga and daughter Sasha as he died unexpectedly and were forced to move onA New VillaThis is a great lesson in irony The Engineer and his family move to a new villa in the country They want to fit in and contribute but the parochial villagers drive them back to the city because of their objection to building a bridge across the river After the bridge is built they find that they cannot do without it and have no conflicts with the new occupant of the villaIn the RavineGrigory Petrovich an ageing merchant is the head of a seemingly respectable family His favourite elder son Anisim is a policeman but gets imprisoned for passing counterfeit money In fact the family is a bit of a counterfeit family Some of their business dealings are less than honest Grigory’s younger deaf son’s wife Aksinya is beautiful and capable but cruel and wickedThe BishopThis is a story of alienation Pyotr the Bishop is unwell But somehow because of his personality or his position he just cannot relate with anybody even his own motherThe BethrothedNadya is engaged to the well groomed but shallow Andrei She longs for something and sees opportunity in her unkempt but artistic relative Sasha She runs away with Sasha except that he dies of consumption Despite that and the lack of a conclusion she seems to have found a new lease of life hide spoiler

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Peasants and Other Stories New York Review Books Classics Read Í 107 à [PDF / Epub] ☁ Peasants and Other Stories New York Review Books Classics Author Anton Chekhov – The ever maturing art and ever ambitious imaginative reach of Anton Chekhov one of the world's greatest masters of the On of the troubled depths of Russian society and life This powerful and revealing selection from Chekhov's final works made by the legendary American critic Edmund Wilson offers stories of novelistic richness and compl. An NYRB curio I have no argument with Chekhov's stories they are wonderful and should be read by all However those collected in this volume are the Garnett translations a good starting place but certainly not definitive There is also a throwaway introduction by Edmund Wilson of all people delineating what is perhaps the least interesting thing about Chekhov the social background and class of his characters The NYRB has rendered innumerable services to literature by reprinting out of print works and drawing fresh attention to forgotten authors With so many excellent Chekhov anthologies on the market I fail to see the necessity of this volume